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Carterhead Heaven

S21 friend Peter Mueller passed along the good news that:

The Library of Congress has completed digitization of another batch of the compositional sketches of Elliott Carter.  These are now available on our web site.  This current release consists of the following material:

Pocahontas (18*)
Symphony No.1 (224)
Piano Sonata (20*)
Minotaur (108)
Emblems (192)
Woodwind Quintet (141)
Eight Etudes and a Fantasy (140)
Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello & Harpsichord (51)
Variations for Orchestra (771)
Double Concerto (161*)

For technical reasons, these are not all complete yet.  Numbers in parens indicate page (image) counts; an asterisk indicates digitization is incomplete (more to come in future releases).

There will be either one or two more releases in the near future to complete this project. Comments are welcome.  Please email these directly to me at

Stephen Soderberg
Senior Specialist for Contemporary Music
Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC


Comment from zeno
Time: June 22, 2009, 1:39 pm

Who wants to guess what the final image count will be for the Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano?

Comment from Christian
Time: June 24, 2009, 9:56 am

This is great stuff. Makes me want to make a pilgrimage to DC in the near future.

I only wish so much recent Carter wasn’t so far away – at the Sacher archive!

Comment from Steve Layton
Time: June 24, 2009, 10:19 am

But the Sacher guys are doing some facsimile editions, so who knows what the future brings?:

Comment from zeno
Time: June 24, 2009, 10:53 am


Thanks Stephen, Christian, and Steve.